Paul Gawkowski

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tramways in Romania

Tram passing near Town Hall during downtown lunch stop in Arad, Romania.

Our August show will be presented by Paul Gawkowski. Paul will present a combination show featuring the second half of his June 2010 presentation on the ERA’s May 2010 tour of Romania and a recap of the ERA’s September 2010 convention in Portland.

Romania is a virtual operating trolley museum, with the 11 systems the ERA tourists visited outside of Bucharest operating cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, mostly in their original paint schemes. With 25 routes, Bucharest is a world-class system, ranking right up there with Milan, Vienna, Prague and Budapest.

The Portland section of Paul’s show will be followed by scenes from San Juan’s Tren Urbano rapid transit line, and some recent West Coast action in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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